The Cooperative Research Centres Association is a not-for-profit organisation operating to promote the pursuit of science, particularly through the Australian Government’s CRC Program.

You don’t have to be a CRC to join, find out more about our types of membership and benefits of joining the association.

CRC Programme Guideline Consultations

The Department of Industry and Science will be consulting with stakeholders during August 2015 “to inform the implementation of the review recommendations and revisions to the CRC Programme Guidelines”.

“Consultation sessions will consist of a short presentation from the Department of Industry and Science followed by an open workshop and Q&A session. The department is also available to meet with individuals or groups following the workshop (subject to availability).”

Consultations will take place in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The Association urges people to register as soon as possible to make sure you get your say. Details can be found here under consultations.

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Submissions to the 2015 CRC Programme Review now live

The public submissions to the 2015 CRC Programme Review, Growth through Innovation and Collaboration: A Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme, by prominent business person, David Miles, are now live on the CRC Programme website. 251 submissions have been made public.

The scope and diversity of submissions, consisting of a mix of industry, individuals, associations, universities and research bodies, is a testament to the widespread support and continued importance of the CRC Programme.

The submissions can be viewed here.

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One bright idea that could transform innovation in Australia

by Dr Tony Peacock. Originally published on the Conversation.

When it comes to fostering innovation and the commercialisation of world class research, there is something the United States has that we lack. We ought to learn from the successes of the US in this area, and emulate one program they have pioneered to give our own innovative industries a much needed kick start.

For dozens of Australian researchers returning to the country after working in the US, the lack of an equivalent to the US’s Small Business Innovation Research SBIR scheme here reflects a major hole in our innovation ecosystem.

Charles Wessner, Professor at Georgetown University and director of the Global Innovation Policy unit, says the SBIR scheme triggered a fundamental shift in attitudes in American universities when it was introduced in 1982.

According to Wessner, before SBIR, the Dean of a faculty would ask young academics how many publications were going to come out of their latest piece of research.

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Australia 2040 Forum

This year’s annual CRC Association conference, themed the Australia 2040 Forum, was a resounding success. We had almost 400 people attend the CRC Showcase and Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner, 250 people attend the forum and around 40 politicians, ambassadors and high commissioners – including the Prime Minister of Australia – attend at various points during the three days.

A thought provoking Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society was delivered by Dr Megan Clark AC and our Early Career Researchers all gave great presentations.

Thank you to those who filled out the conference survey. Your input will go a long way to ensuring next year’s conference is another success.

Presentations from the conference can be found here.

In 2016, we will be bringing forward the CRC Association’s annual conference and staging it to coincide with the World Science Festival in Brisbane. Please reserve 7, 8 and 9 March to be in Brisbane for a unique event that will be concentrating on the interface of business and science. Sponsorship and program inquiries and suggestions are welcome and can be directed to

More photos from the event have now been uploaded. You can view and download the photos here.